Activists demand Mangwana family deportation from UK


Vasco Chaya

POLITICAL activists in the United Kingdom have launched an online petition seeking the deportation of Information ministry permanent secretary Nick Mangwana’s family on accusations he is working for a repressive government, the Daily News can report.

This comes in the wake of the alleged abduction and torture of MDC youths leaders — Harare West MP Joanna Mamombe, Cecilia Chimbiri and Netsai Marova — by suspected state operatives last week after they staged a flash demonstration in Warren Park against hunger under the coronavirus lockdown.

Mangwana is accused by the petitioners of being part of the government allegedly perpetrating gross human rights violations in the country.

The petition also sought to strip Mangwana of his British citizenship and by last night, 10 200 people had signed the document.

“The government of Zimbabwe has been involved in gross human rights offences. The United Nations documented 49 abductions. Out of 49 abductions since 2019, no arrests have been made.

“The abductors who torture and sexually abuse are still at large. The State, through their secretary Mangwana, claims abductions are fake without any evidence.

“Recently three MDC Alliance female activists Joanna Mamombe, Netsai Marova and Cecilia Chimbiri were abducted.

“The three ladies were later found in Bindura, bruised and badly beaten. We believe Mangwana as secretary is part of a repressive system which is being used to oppress women in Zimbabwe. He should be stripped of his UK citizenship and his family deported to Zimbabwe,” reads part of the statement from one Rain Thunder who started the petition.

Contacted for comment, Mangwana told the Daily News it was unfortunate his political foes were venting their anger on his innocent family.

“It’s tragic that some have embarked on politics of hate and vindictiveness. How does that make sense that people are annoyed by someone then they cowardly attack their children? If someone does not have children, then what are they going to attack?

“Their dogs and cats? That’s pathetic cowardice! Those who have a problem with me should not target innocent people. It’s ironic that those who pontificate about human rights soon forget that my children are humans with rights as well. Does it only become human rights when it’s about political activists?” Mangwana said.

“Anyway, moving on to their futile agenda itself, firstly my boys are adults, leading their own lives and cannot be affected by my political choices. And they are not living in the UK. That’s the problem with ignorant hysteria. You will get it all wrong.”

Mangwana lived in the UK for years before his appointment as Information ministry permanent secretary by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in October 2018.


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